Make the most of waste by the Auckland Council

What you need to know

Papakura is the first area in the Auckland region to use the new three-bin rubbish collection service and the first large-scale area to use a weekly food scraps collection service.

The three-bin service includes:

  • A 240 litre recycling bin for household plastic containers, paper, cardboard, cans, tins and glass containers, which is already in use around the region.
  • A 23-litre food scraps bin for all household food scraps, and a 6 litre kitchen caddy to go in your kitchen to collect food scraps.
  • A rubbish bin (80, 120 or 240 litres). A 120L bin is provided as standard. Smaller bins (80L) or larger bins (240L) can be requested here. 

Recycling and food scraps collections are covered by your rates. Rubbish is collected using the 'Pay As You Throw' tag system. 

Rural properties are not included in the food scraps collection and can choose to use a wheelie bin or orange bags for rubbish. 


The food scraps collection service started on 19 March 2018 and the tagged rubbish bin service started on 21 May 2018.

These services will be rolled out across Auckland in the next three to five years.

Food scraps collection

The average Auckland household rubbish bag/bin contains around 45% food scraps.

Each household has a kitchen caddy to collect food scraps and a larger bin to empty these scraps into. The bin is emptied from the kerbside weekly.

The collected food scraps are processed on a commercial scale for beneficial re-use including the production of compost for agriculture and farming. Energy which can be turned into electricity can also be created from this process. 

This will significantly reduce the amount of material sent to landfill – saving residents money on rubbish disposal and benefiting the environment.

Pay-as-you-throw rubbish collection

Each household was provided with a standard (120 litres) rubbish bin for their household rubbish. The rubbish bin collection replaced the orange pre-paid rubbish bag.

Households pay for the collection of their rubbish through a tag system, available at major local retail outlets. Residents can choose how often they want to have their bin emptied by attaching the tag to their bin.

The pre-paid tags are $3.80 per bin tag for an orange tag for a standard-sized rubbish bin (120L).  

Smaller bins (80L) or larger bins (240L) are available to order. Request a different bin size here

If you have a smaller bin (80L) you will need to buy a blue tag for $2.60; if you have a larger bin (240L), you'll need to buy a green tag for $5.50. 

The rubbish collection service is weekly.

Recycling collection

There are no changes to the fortnightly recycling service.